Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) combines aspects of acceptance and mindfulness approaches with behavior-change strategies, in an effort to help clients develop psychological flexibility. Therapists and counselors who employ ACT seek to help clients identify the ways that their efforts to suppress or control emotional experiences can create barriers. When clients are able to identify these challenges, it can be easier to make positive and lasting changes. Think this approach may work for you? Contact one of TherapyDen’s ACT specialists today to try it out.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the cornerstone of my work. The goal under our work is to increase psychological flexibility. By connecting clients with their values, they feel empowered to behave and decide in ways that are affirming for them, work on being adaptive and open when unwanted moments naturally arise, and work to increase healthy ways of responding to life's many changes and demands.

— Joey Salvatore, Counselor in Bethesda, MD

The concept of accepting the client where they are and meeting their needs today is a powerful tool. Often we do not necessarily have to dig back into the recesses of their childhood. At times that can be helpful, don't get me wrong. But it is not necessary in every case. Each client, each person is unique.

— Christine Lynch MA,LPC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in New Hope, PA

I think of ACT as a more naturalistic way of integrating behavioral principles into treatment. In ACT, we help define your core values and tune your behavior toward those values on a daily basis, in the service of better mental health. I integrate CBT principles into treatment to help relieve symptoms but do so in a larger context of helping you build the life you want to live. We can do ACT both online and in person!

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA

ACT is a solutions-focused, empowering take on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on learning how to break patterns of avoidance and denial, process our feelings as they occur, and take the steps necessary to make positive changes in our lives.

— Stefani Goerlich, Sex Therapist in Royal Oak, MI

I have received formal training and supervision in ACT, and have been practicing using ACT throughout my career. Additionally, I have a strong background in mindfulness, both personally and professionally. I have had a personal practice for over a decade, including formal trainings and retreats. I have integrated ACT and mindfulness into individual and group therapy, conducted trainings on ACT, and have also conducted research around the use of mindfulness and compassion in therapy.

— JD Wright, Psychologist in Gainesville, FL

I have trained and practiced with ACT as my primary theoretical modality since 2006. I have been fortunate to train with the 3 founders of the approach and it has strong research support. ACT is useful in treating a variety of concerns focusing you on what is truly important to you as a North Star for growth. ACT also includes recognizing your areas of avoidance or developing presence and allowing space for you to cultivate a more values-based meaningful life.

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , UT

There are many things we cannot change or control, and one way to find peace with these inevitable parts of our lives is to accept them, acknowledge what we have learned from them, and change our lives so we can move on, live freely, and act in accordance with our core values. Together we can put the pieces of your life back together and find your truth path.

— Angela Payne, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in SEATTLE, WA

What you don't accept can cause you to get stuck. Let's find other ways to look at your situation.

— Danielle Proch, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Oldsmar, FL

I utilize ACT to assist with anxiety and depression treatments.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Brockton, MA

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages you to embrace your thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. ACT develops psychological flexibility. It is a form of behavioral therapy that combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance.

— Deena Patel, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an action-oriented approach that stems from traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It utilizes acceptance and mindfulness strategies to help the client accept the difficulties that come with life.

— Paula Kirsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , MI